Bad Astronomy

GOCE on orbit, Shuttle docking with ISS

I just heard that the Earth-observing satellite GOCE has finally been launched after a number of delays! You can read more about this here, here, and here.

Also, as I write this the Shuttle is a few hundred meters from the ISS, and has flipped over so that astronauts aboard the station can take high-resolution pictures of Discovery’s heat shield. They’re looking for damaged tiles. After that, the Shuttle will dock with the station at 17:12 Eastern time, and the fun begins: an exchange of astronauts, and the installation of the last solar panel needed to bring ISS to full power.

You can follow NASAon Twitter for updates, as well as my own breaking space news feed. You can also watch the docking live on SpaceVidcast!